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Re: Bands Changing Musical Style

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:29 pm
by someone else
Gandalf the Red wrote:What I hate is when bands drastically change and then piss over their entire back catalogue and even ridicule the fans who put them where they are in the first place.


I don't think Metalica were the worst offenders, they may have a sense of humour about they're history but its not like they stopped playing stuff from that era. One of the worst were The Almighty - jumped on every bandwagon going (glam, biker rock, grunge) before trying to go 'punk' on Crank declaring that they never listened to hard rock, and ditched all the tunes bar a couple. Funny that they thought being released the same week as REM would stop them getting a number 1 album - it didn't go Top 10. Next album had Britpop stuff and horns on it.

Re: Bands Changing Musical Style

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:20 am
by Metalchemyst
I think Manowar have just about had enough variety to justify each new album (the re-recordings aside) although they did start repeating lyrical phrases. Alice Cooper, from Nightmare onwards, has often incorporated trendy sounds into his albums but has never lost his essential character.

I suppose artists can create whatever they feel like and say that no one is forced to buy it. It's okay to include two or three more commercial songs on an album, but it's not good form for a band with a loyal following to suddenly change direction. With Load, Metallica are guilty as charged.

Re: Bands Changing Musical Style

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:02 am
by bloodfiend
someone else wrote: One of the worst were The Almighty - jumped on every bandwagon going (glam, biker rock, grunge) before trying to go 'punk' on Crank declaring that they never listened to hard rock, and ditched all the tunes bar a couple. Funny that they thought being released the same week as REM would stop them getting a number 1 album - it didn't go Top 10. Next album had Britpop stuff and horns on it.


Was Crank punk? Had more of a 90s "groove metal" (I utterly hate that term) Pantera style sound, very much ditching the grungey sound of Powertrippin cos grunge was dying, and changing their sound to what was the "in thing" was for rock/metal at the time.

Their next album was more punk, albeit pop-punk with a brass section.

Never understood why the Almighty got popular, despite all the trend jumping and constantly trying to be comtempory, they were never really that good at anything they tried, and their albums were pretty much all duffers.

Re: Bands Changing Musical Style

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:22 pm
by houston4044
bloodfiend wrote:
Never understood why the Almighty got popular, despite all the trend jumping and constantly trying to be comtempory, they were never really that good at anything they tried, and their albums were pretty much all duffers.


This applies to a lot of band wagon jumpers, jack of all trades and master of none; it's more rare to find a band who does it successfully imo.

Suppose given their recently announced tour In Flames come to mind; thought it was a mixed success up until Siren Charms at which point it's just fallen off a cliff. Given the size of some of the venues seems I'm not the only one.